Pros: No gas; blistering velocity; fairly active handling; front trunk and also various other cutting-edge attributes
Disadvantages: Restricted body design and also trim variants; much less variety than ICE vehicles; schedule
Is this the future of the pickup? The Ford F-150 Lightning is a magnificent accomplishment that verifies that an electrical pick-up isn’t just feasible, it’s really much better in the majority of aspects. Real, bladder-busting journey, particularly while towing, will certainly be harder (though absolutely possible) and also those with off-roading on their minds will certainly locate far better alternatives under the F-150 umbrella (though the Lightning’s typical skid plates and also securing back differential aid for soft-roading responsibility). It will certainly likewise likely take you some time to really take one house. Still, the Lightning’s durable efficiency (exactly how does 775 pound-feet of torque noise?), traditional full-size pick-up body and also basic normalness will certainly make vehicle veterinarians really feel completely in your home, while developments like the Pro Power Onboard system, 14- cubic-foot front trunk and also independent back suspension are video game changers. Generally, the Lightning is both a strong jump ahead and also pleasantly acquainted.
Although its variety of variations isn’t as substantial as the typical F-150, the Lightning schedule still consists of a Pro job vehicle, XLT entry-level customer design, Lariat near-luxury trim degree and also the range-topping, elegant Platinum (imagined over). You’re likewise limited to a SuperCrew taxicab, 5.5-foot bed and also four-wheel drive. Yes, “all” as opposed to “4.” There’s no transfer instance or 4×4 system below: the front wheels are powered by one electric motor; the back wheels are powered by an additional. Torque is a continuous 775 pound-feet, the quantity of horse power varies by battery. The very first 3 trim degrees come typical with a battery helpful for an EPA-estimated 230 miles that assists return 426 hp, while the offered Extended-Range battery ups that complete to either 300 or 330 miles, and also returns 563 hp.
This electrical powertrain, plus the independent back suspension and also a lot of battery weight causes a significantly various, and also much better, driving experience. The Lightning really feels much more active and also much less difficult, while its flight is much more worked out and also comfy. Undoubtedly, its velocity resembles absolutely nothing you have actually experienced in a vehicle in the past, and also the one-pedal driving attribute makes browsing website traffic much more pleasurable (as does the BlueCruise hands-free driving system). Whether you have actually driven vehicles for several years or you would certainly be a brand-new adopter, the Lightning produces a pleasant change. As well as thinking about simply just how much focus it obtained throughout our examination, it feels like there’s a lots of rate of interest from both teams. We believe they would certainly be well-served to have a look at the Lightning, since we’re absolutely infatuadted.
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The Lightning supplies 2 dashboard layouts. The Pro and also XLT feature one you would certainly locate in a routine F-150, full with a criterion 12- inch touchscreen that’s a choice on a lot of its gas-powered brother or sisters. The Lariat and also Platinum, on the other hand, obtain the exact same 15.5- inch portrait-oriented touchscreen discovered in the Mustang Mach-E, which required a various dashboard style. The larger display, this upgrade includes a various user interface (referred to as Sync 4A) that might have a steeper understanding contour than the typical Sync 4 system, yet it’s normally very easy to make use of and also uses its additional display actual estate well. By comparison, the criterion 12- inch display has primarily the exact same user interface as Ford’s 8-inch device, yet every little thing’s simply exploded.
We can not state that either style is as aesthetically appealing as what you would certainly locate in a Ram 1500 or the remarkably revamped top trim degrees of the Chevy Silverado and also GMC Sierra, neither are the products rather as costs. The Platinum specifically does not really feel or look as elegant as what you would certainly locate in its rivals’ range-topping variations. We do not believe that’s a deal-breaker: The F-150 Lightning cabin is still a positive area to hang around, particularly without all that engine sound or live-rear-axle agitating.
Besides the display, the inside is pure F-150 SuperCrew. You would certainly be hard-pressed to recognize you remain in something besides a routine old XLT, Lariat or Platinum. The F-150’s five-passenger seats design is typical, which suggests the Lightning likewise supplies the one-of-a-kind facility console with an armrest cover that unravels ahead to come to be a level surface area to put a road-side, laptop computer or documentation outing. To make this origami feasible, the shifter distinctly electric motors ahead right into a recess, though just when parked. We’ll wonder to see just how much proprietors value this capability and also make use of. The remainder of the facility console includes helpful storage space, while the rear seats includes a special, flip-up flooring container.
The Lightning is just offered with the mix of SuperCrew taxicab, the five-passenger seats arrangement and also 5.5-foot bed. That’s a preferred combination, and also like all full-size team taxicabs, it takes advantage of a huge quantity of traveler area, yet it certainly restricts your options.
You do obtain something profoundly important with the Lightning, nonetheless; something you most likely never ever assumed you would certainly desire in the past: a frunk. You see, eliminating the engine from an F-150 causes a 14.1 cubic-foot trunk under the hood (or front trunk, thus “frunk”). You no more need to run the risk of obtaining points damp or swiped by placing them in the bed, or require to depend on a bed tonneau cover for those exact same factors. You likewise will not need to depend as much on the flip-up rear seats and also the level flooring below. Having the ability to place an infant stroller, camp chairs, grocery stores and also travel luggage for the airport terminal in the frunk was rather just a game-changer throughout our examination. When you remote-open a vehicle’s hood to expose some Target bags rather of a V8, it’s likewise rather enjoyable to see individuals’s response.
This is still a vehicle, however, and also this feels like an excellent area to discuss the one-of-a-kind bed components the Lightning show to various other F-150 s. One recognizes: the tailgate’s pop-out aid action that makes continuously going up and also down out of the bed a game-changing quick-and-easy procedure. The 2nd is more recent: the Pro Power Onboard electric system that enables the F-150 to work as mobile generator and also power plant. A 2.4-kilowatt system is typical on the Lightning, and also includes numerous 120- volt electrical outlets throughout the vehicle: 2 each in the taxicab and also bed, plus 4 in the frunk. This coincides system that comes criterion on the F-150 Crossbreed. The 9.6-kW system (optional on Pro and also XLT, typical on Lariat and also Platinum) includes a 2nd set of 120 V electrical outlets and also a 240- volt electrical outlet to the bed. Including some severe power to whatever job you could require when away from house, Pro Power really offers you the capability to power your house in the occasion of a power loss. We have actually currently seen the Crossbreed’s offered 7.2-kW system show up large for proprietors, and also the Lightning has also higher ability.
The crucial element to take into consideration is the battery. Requirement on almost the Platinum is a 98- kilowatt-hour battery– which is enormous, yet after that so is the Lightning– leading to a rarely eye-popping 230 miles of variety. With an electric motor on each axle supplying typical four-wheel drive (there’s no 4×4 transfer instance below with 4Lo, yet after that, electrical motors do not require one), consolidated outcome with the typical battery is 452 hp and also 775 lb-ft of torque. Ford states it will certainly go from absolutely no to 60 miles per hour in 5 secs. That’s quicker than a Raptor. Max haul is 2,000 extra pounds, while the pulling ability is 7,700 extra pounds with the optional Max Trailer Tow Bundle.
The Extended-Range battery is optional on almost the Platinum, that includes it as typical devices. This enormous 131- kWh pack enhances variety to 330 miles on the reduced 3 trims, or 300 miles for the Platinum. Outcome enhances to 580 horse power, yet torque continues to be the exact same at 775 lb-ft. The 0-60 time is up to the mid-4-second variety, which approaches a Ram TRX. Max haul decreases to 1,800 extra pounds (criticize the included battery weight), yet limit Trailer Tow Bundle ups pulling ability to 10,000 extra pounds.
Another aspect to take into consideration: billing. The Extended-Range battery has a much more effective onboard battery charger, indicating it bills at a similar price regardless of the larger pack. Both max out at a price of 150 kW, which would certainly theoretically enable you to reenergize either battery from 10 to 80% ability in a little bit longer than 40 mins at a 150- or 350- kW quickly battery charger. (Find out more concerning all this popular billing organization below).
The Lightning resembles nothing else vehicle you have actually driven prior to. It’s whisper-quiet, for one, which is rather peculiar thinking about several believe that pick-ups are much better when louder. Velocity is neck-snappingly fast, with an enormous quantity of torque offered immediately. That chooses either battery pack. The guiding certain appears the like the well-weighted and also remarkably receptive system presented for the ’21 F-150(including its enhanced wheel setting), and also offered the independent back suspension with coil springtimes, the Lightning seems like it reduces around you. It really feels much more active and also grown than any type of various other full-size vehicle, and also it’s very easy to fail to remember simply exactly how large it is. Well, at the very least if you’re made use of to driving a vehicle. It’ll still really feel massive if you’re not.
The flight top quality likewise takes advantage of the independent back suspension, yet as the normal F-150’s flight convenience has actually ended up being very innovative, it’s not the benefit we could have anticipated a couple of years back. Still, there’s no concealing a body-on-frame building. Just like a Ford Exploration with its mix of body-on-frame, independent back side and also coil springtimes, you still really feel shudders via the framework over periodic resonances and also large influences you would not really feel in a unibody style. This is essential distinction in between the Lightning and also a Rivian R1T, in instance you’re questioning.
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At the time of this writing, the Lightning’s rate is a moot factor as 2022 order publications are shut, 2023 order publications aren’t open yet and also any type of remaining on dealership great deals will certainly go through near-certain dealership markups.
That stated, below’s what the MSRP was for every 2022 Lightning trim degree, consisting of the $1,795 location fee. All were/are eligible for the $7,500 government tax obligation credit report.
XLT Requirement Battery: $54,769
XLT Extended-Range: $74,269
Lariat Requirement Battery: $69,269
Lariat Extended-Range: $79,269
Every Lightning comes criterion with the Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 collection of motorist support modern technologies. This consists of automated emergency situation stopping with ahead crash caution and also pedestrian discovery, blind-spot and also back cross-traffic caution, lane-keeping aid, back car park sensing units, reverse stopping aid and also vehicle high beam of lights. Requirement on the Lariat and also Platinum, and also optional on the XLT, is the Co-Pilot 360 Help upgrade that includes incredibly elusive guiding aid, integrated navigating, rate indicator acknowledgment and also flexible cruise ship control with stop-and-go ability and also lane-centering guiding aid. Optional on the Lariat and also typical on the Platinum is Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free freeway driving aid and also an automated car park system.
The Lightning had actually not particularly been collision examined by a 3rd party at the time of this writing.
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